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Rotational Occupational Therapist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an occupational therapist, or soon to qualify looking for a Band 5 rotation to consolidate and grow your core competences ? Are you looking for a chance to work across several different speciality areas and be well supported by a warm and friendly team? We are cohesive and supportive occupational therapy teams at Worthing Hospitals and at St Richards in Chichester , well established and widely respected within our Trust and by our community colleagues . We can offer a generous range of clinical development opportunities, to help you gain confidence in your practice , strong skills and a well grounded knowledge base . Our rotation offers you a chance to work in patient care across a broad range of specialisms including acute neurology, acute medicine , A& E, frailty, trauma, surgery, orthopaedics, palliative care and rheumatology.

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust is across several sites, meaning that as a rotating Band-5 occupational therapist you could also choose to rotate into a post at nearby St Richards Hospital if you would like to. (there is a free shuttle bus between sites).

Successful applicants for this post will be eligible to join the Trust Allied Health Professions (AHP) preceptorship programme. This programme supports AHPs over the course of the first year of employment, providing a model for learning, self-development and reflective practice through regular multi-disciplinary learning opportunities and peer support.

Main duties of the job

To provide occupational therapy interventions as part of an evidence based, flexible and patient-centred approach, working within a Multi Disciplinary team, to meet the health and social care needs of people who are referred to our services.

To perform an occupational therapy role for people referred to the post holder's clinical team with health and social care needs.

To provide supervision and support for relevant junior members of occupational therapy staff in conjunction with senior staff.

To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of Occupational Therapy services within a designated team.

To support the supervision and training for students on practice placement.

Each day will provide you with different and varied opportunities.

We are also open to supporting return to practice applicants.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourWellbeing Programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main duties by factor:

Communications and Relationship skills - (Factor 1)
  • To liaise with health and social care professionals, family, carers and other related private, statutory and voluntary organisations, providing written reports, recommendations and referrals where appropriate.
  • To communicate effectively with patients, carers, colleagues and other agencies, demonstrating developed verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate often complex concepts, managing barriers to communications such as dysphasia, learning difficulties, cognitive or sensory difficulties, other languages etc.

Analytical and Judgemental skills - (Factor 3)
  • To interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical facts to inform accurate diagnoses and prognoses in a range of clinical conditions, to recommend the best course of intervention and to develop comprehensive goals and discharge plans.
  • To use activity analysis techniques in conjunction with patient centred practice (patient choice and patient priorities), to select and grade activities in order to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of interventions.

Planning and Organisational skills - (Factor 4)
  • To support and assist senior staff in the planning and delivery of the Occupational Therapy service in line with departmental development strategies.
  • To provide support, guidance, teaching and supervision to non-qualified staff.
  • To ensure that written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with professional and trust standards.
  • To have a basic knowledge of good resource management and budgetary constraints.

Please see Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of recent and relevant CPD (CPD Portfolio)
  • Registration with the HPC


  • Membership with the BAOT

Knowledge & Experience


  • Basic awareness of current legislation, government initiatives and current practice affecting OT
  • Clinical experience (incl. student placements) in area relating to speciality/post or able to demonstrate acceptable equivalent
  • Knowledge of the OT role, relevant OT assessments and intervention


  • Knowledge of OT models of practice



  • Ability to establish and maintain communication on complex, potentially stressful topics in a range of situations, with individuals or groups
  • Ability to analyse assessment outcomes, identify problems and offer solutions
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own and other's performance
  • Ability to organise and respond effectively to complex information

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Worthing and Southlands Hospital

Lyndhurst road


BN11 2DH

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